Santa’s Magical Kingdom Perth

It’s beginning to look an awful lot like Christmas isn’t it?! If you love everything Christmas like we do Santa’s Magical Kingdom, at Crown Pyramid, is a wonderful event for the whole family.

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Chef is usually quite the Grinch at Christmas, thanks to the festive season being the hospitality industry’s busiest time, and many years working on Christmas day. Little Chef and I, on the other hand, LOVE it! Once the 1st of December rolls around we excitedly put up our tree, crank the Christmas tunes and start planning our Christmas feast. This year on December 1st we were invited to check out Santa’s Magical Kingdom, which is back at Crown for it’s second year – and I can tell you it’s even better than last year’s event!

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Here in the southern hemisphere we really miss out on a typical Christmas card style white Christmas, which is what makes Santa’s Magical Kingdom so appealing to us. The huge tent is decked out in stunning decorations, a whimsical winter wonderland and Chrissy music playing in the background – giving us all those Christmas feels.

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There’s lots to pack into a 3 hour session…

Unlimited rides and bouncy castles for all ages and thrill seekers! The older Little Chef gets, the more of a daredevil he is. He particularly loved the Sky Flyer and Sizzler this year. There’s also lots of rides for younger children and wooses like me! The bumper cars were a hit and their teacup ride is super cute.

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Christmas craft and activities including gingerbread decorating and tree decoration making. Little Chef decorated his gingerbread man in record time – just so he could devour it! Continue reading

The Flour Factory – Perth CBD

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The Flour Factory Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tis the season for merriment and indulgence! I’d been researching where to dine in December, to enjoy a Christmas menu with all the trimmings. Though unless I want to dine exclusively on the 25th of December or bring fifteen work colleagues with me – there is no room at the inn for this couple of foodies hoping for a traditional Christmas spread. So onto plan B – a feast fit for a king!IMG_1323

We find The Four Factory on Queen Street, in inner city Perth, where restaurants are heaving with office Christmas parties. As the name suggests, the renovated 100 year old building was once a flour mill and has returned to its roots, albeit in the guise of a bar. It’s a fusion of many things; a New York deli, Spanish bodega, cocktail bar and a kitchen. The Flour Factory prides itself on making almost everything in house – in the butchery and bakery with its own flour mill.IMG_1335

Stepping through the entrance, we notice the aroma of freshly baked bread. Chef and I are greeted and seated in the dining area, away from the main bar. As the bar starts to fill up, we enjoy the festive atmosphere, which is a little loud at times. The Flour Factory’s soundtrack – with everything from Johnny Cash to “Going Loco down in Acapulco” is eclectic and fun.

The drinks menu is home to the CBD’s largest gin and fortified wine collection. If that’s something that tickles your fancy, then you’ll love “The Sherry” rooftop bar upstairs.IMG_1339

I order a fruity Villa Sandi Prosseco to sip whilst we look over the menu of roasted meats, charcuterie and gourmet hotdogs. We choose the “Big Feast”, $75 per person, a three course chef’s choice meal that is shared by the table.IMG_1329

We start with an aperitif. The Flour Factory’s very own vermouth is made with Howard Park.IMG_1324

A basket of freshly baked sourdough, served with house-churned smoked butter and a charcuterie board are the first morsels to arrive. The waiter presents us with today’s selection of house cured meats and pickles – though he’s not sure of what each item is. There is chorizo, bresaola and more. I particularly relish the ox heart pastrami.IMG_1332

On Zomato, The Flour Factory is described as “child friendly”, so rather than bothering with a babysitter, we happily took Little Chef along with us. He was warmly welcomed and though there is no children’s menu, he happily chowed down on a gourmet rueben dog; beef sausage, smoky pastrami, sauerkraut, shavings of gruyere and thousand island dressing, $15. I think it’s fine to take a well behaved child along for lunch or an early dinner – but probably not too late – as it can become quite a noisy bar.IMG_1350

Onto second course and Chef’s eyes widen with glee when a large platter of Rangers Valley Wagyu appears at our table. The marbled piece of grain fed beef is smothered in a rich jus. It is cooked perfectly medium rare and melts in my mouth.IMG_1351

Also on the platter are crisp duck fat potatoes. Served with a drool worthy bacon mayo, they are fluffy on the inside and so very moreish. The perfectly cooked asparagus is served with smoked egg yolk, crunchy puffed wheat and a sharp parmesan cream.IMG_1356

My only grumble about the platter is that most of the components are lukewarm. This is mainly due to the food being presented on a wooden board and the meat served sliced and fanned means it doesn’t hold its heat well.

IMG_1367Next we have a sweet collection of cheese and dessert. We’re both wowed by the subtly of the King Saul Blue cheese dish. The very first unpasteurized Australian cheese is $300 a kilo and liberally crumbled over sliced yellow grape tomatoes and a celeriac and fig puree. We scoop up the dip-like creation with crisp lavosh. It’s superb and I make a mental note to try to recreate it at home.IMG_1373

We end on a sweet note with a malted milk ice-cream, chocolate and salted caramel dessert. The caramel is stick-to–the–top-of-your-mouth delicious.IMG_1361

The house made white chocolate truffles are scrumptious too.IMG_1362

Though there is not one turkey in sight, mouth-watering meats coupled with roasted veg and scrumptious desserts make it a festive feast indeed!

** First published in the Post newspaper **

At a glance

■ The Flour Factory

16 Queen Street

Perth

Phone 08 9485 1711

■ Opening times

Monday – Friday: 12pm till late

Sat: 4pm till late

■ Rating

food 4

service 3

ambience 3

value for money 4

■ style – American/Spanish Deli

■ wine – well rounded local

and international wine list.

Focus on gin & fortified wine

■ Chef – Matt Carulei

■ Owner – Andy Freeman

■ feel – inner city warehouse

■ wheelchair access – yes

■ cost

Small – $6 to $35

Large – $15 to $50

Dessert – $5 to $14

■ all in all – trendy venue,

though a little noisy. Excellent

food and smallgoods, most

made in-house. Interesting drinks list.

Merry Christmas Everybody!!

What are you doing for Christmas?

Besides seeing the excitement of Little Chef’s face when he realises Santa has paid a visit, spending time with our families and dancing around to the Mariah Christmas album; for me Christmas is about the food! (of course!). We usually have the traditional roast; even though no-one is particularly bothered about turkey (and the fact that it’s 40 degrees outside). The last few years I have most definitely over indulged on Christmas Day. Having a 3 course lunch with my parents, then off to Chefs parents for a HUGE dinner-spectacular too!! Elasticated pants are a must! heheIMG_1021

(I do cook sometimes… my Prawn Salad entrée I made a couple of years ago)

So this year, we’ve decided to tone down lunch, in favour of something lighter and less time consuming to make. My mum and I also would rather be doing lots of other things; other than being stuck in the kitchen all day. My poor mum really hates cooking at the best of times, so it will be a nice change for her. So we’re opting for a champagne breakfast, with ham and chutney on toast. That’s a bit of tradition we started with our neighbours many years ago! Then that will be followed by seafood and salad for lunch. Maybe then I’ll be able to fit in dinner this year!

Christmas 2009 

Untitled1If you weren’t aware, my father in law and brother in law are also chefs, so I’m always in for a fantastic feast on Christmas Day. My father in law puts a tremendous amount of effort into Christmas Dinner each year, its always a real treat. The “Pastry Chef” (my lil brother in law) always creates a cracking dessert too. Untitled2

Untitled3Here are some pics of Christmas dinner at my inlaws from a few years ago – so you get the idea!!Untitled4 Its a few days in the making (as it’s all from scratch) and is absolutely delicious.

But don’t get too jealous! MY chef, doesn’t get to spend much family time at Christmas.  Christmas Day is probably the busiest day of the year for him at work. He really hates the festive season, poor thing! Maybe one of these days he’ll get a Christmas at home.

I hope you all have a fantastic festive season 🙂

EAT, DRINK & have a Merry Christmas xx